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Norfolk Academy enjoyed a great deal of athletics success this year in terms of victories and championships. But being a Bulldog and playing for the school means much more, a point that was emphasized on May 13 at a year-end dinner and celebration.

Bulldog varsity teams won 15 TCIS titles in 2023-24, which is more than the total for every other conference school combined. Field hockey won a VISAA state championship and several individuals won state crowns, in track, swimming, and rowing. Sailors qualified for a national championship across the country in Washington, and other student-athletes earned acclaim on a national scale.

While these achievements are memorable, they do not define what it means to be part of the Academy athletics program, Director of Athletics Chad Byler said.

“At Norfolk Academy, our approach to athletics transcends mere scoreboards and victories," Byler said. “It's not solely about winning. It's about fostering meaningful connections with yourself, your family, your friends. Can you confidently meet your friends knowing you've been a supportive teammate? Can you affirm you've given your absolute best every single day? If you can do that with genuine love in your heart, then you embody the essence of being a Bulldog." 

Head of School Travis Larrabee offered similar sentiments. Athletics can be thought of as the “front porch" of a school, because its players, coaches, and teams are on display so often, both on campus and at away games, he said.

“You are some of the most important ambassadors of The Academy and the values for which it stands," Larrabee said. “This is an important role and it's a huge responsibility. Thank you for doing your part to make our athletic program and our school successful, and I thank you for doing it with respect, with honor, and with integrity."

With this focus in mind, the year-end celebration highlighted not just team, conference, and state honorees. It highlighted 24 student-athletes who will continue to compete in college. That is more than 20 percent of the senior class, the highest percentage in school history, Byler said. 

The night also highlighted 19 student-athletes who participated in three different sports each year throughout Upper School, the greatest number in the VISAA. And it highlighted scholars who excelled in both athletics and academics; coaches who give countless hours of their time to help the students; NA-TV, which broadcasted countless hours across more than 200 events over the course of the school year; and volunteers like Keith Hope '83 and Elizabeth Hope, who gave countless hours of their time scoring swim and track meets.

Byler closed the event with a call for seniors to remain close to the school.

“I urge you to return and witness the legacy you've helped shape being passed down to all these future Bulldogs," he said. "Never forget that you are an integral part of our Bulldog family. And your connection to Norfolk Academy extends far beyond your time here." 

TCIS scholar-athlete awards (given to student-athletes who played multiple sports and held the highest grade point averages): Gretchen Scott '24 and Van Deans '24

Excellence in Coaching Award (given to an individual who, through love of athletic competition and commitment to the overall development of Norfolk Academy student-athletes, serves as a role model for both athletes and coaches alike and advances the mission of the school through strength of character and integrity): Greg Monaco '07, Assistant Director of Athletics, Varsity Boys Soccer Head Coach, 7th Grade Boys Basketball Head Coach

Three-sport Athletes Throughout Upper School: Lee Acra; Lizzie Adams; Sarah Bazil; Sam Bibeau; Van Deans; Ethan Eveleigh; Mills Everett; Tucker Gaddy; Zahir Griffith; John Grunwald; Charles Hope; Richard Hope; Jack Murphy; Reece Newman; Mack Panko; Gretchen Scott; Sean Trudell; Cooper Tyszko; Charlie Violette

Committed College Athletes

  • Lee Acra, Lacrosse – Hampden-Sydney College
  • Lizzie Adams, Field Hockey – Columbia University
  • Brooke Bettencourt, Field Hockey – Wake Forest University
  • Jack Chesson, Lacrosse – Hampden-Sydney College
  • Jack Clayton, Football – Washington and Lee University
  • William Cole, Cross Country – Hampden-Sydney College
  • Dylan Defoor, Track & Field – William & Mary
  • Zahir Griffith, Football – William & Mary
  • Richard Hope, Lacrosse – Hampden-Sydney College
  • Plyler Hunter, Baseball – Albright College
  • Andrew Kim, Soccer – U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • Carter Lucas, Rowing – Drexel University
  • Mack Panko, Field Hockey – University of Iowa
  • Seamus Roberson, Rowing – Jacksonville University
  • Gretchen Scott, Field Hockey – Brown University
  • Luke Shinofield, Lacrosse – University of Denver
  • Marin Soderberg, Sailing – Brown University
  • Lily Stockwell, Field Hockey – Middlebury College
  • Tommy Tan, Track & Field – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Sam Tignor, Wrestling – Washington & Lee University
  • Sean Trudell, Sailing – U.S. Naval Academy
  • Cooper Tyszko, Football – Wesleyan University
  • Charlie Violette, Lacrosse – Randolph-Macon College
  • Carter Whetstine, Swimming – Washington and Lee University

Fall 2023 Team Awards


  • MIP: Mattie Baggett
  • MVP: Ayla Kell

Field Hockey

  • Co-MVP: Lizzie Adams, Brooke Bettencourt

Girls Cross Country

  • MIP: Madison Kay
  • MVP: Jane Earp

Boys Cross Country

  • MIP: Finn Guzik
  • Coaches’ Award: Sam Bibeau


  • MIP: Christian Brooks
  • Coaches’ Award: Luke Shinofield
  • Alvin Cash Award: Jack Clayton


  • MIP: Margaret Poston
  • MVP: Sean Trudell

Girls Tennis

  • MIP: Rhea Khanna
  • MVP: Andersen Legum

Boys Soccer

  • MVP: Andrew Kim
  • Coaches’ Award: Richard Hope


  • MVP: Peyton McGee
  • Commitment Award: Bela Cancado

Winter 2023-24 Awards

Girls Basketball

  • MVP: Maria Delyannis
  • Coaches’ Award: Gretchen Scott

Boys Swimming

  • MVP: Blaise Van Slyke
  • Coaches’ Award: Richard Hope

Girls Indoor Track & Field 

  • MVP Running: Adaline Scott
  • MVP Field: Taylor Kulow
  • Ken Lampert Award: Whitney Collenberg

Boys Basketball

  • MIP: Van Deans
  • MVP: Dean Williams
  • David E. Trickler Award: Wyatt Janney

Girls Swimming

  • MVP: Sofia Kohler 
  • Coaches’ Award: Carson Gaddy

Boys & Girls Diving

  • MIP: Lia Burr
  • MVP: Joe Bakkar

Boys Indoor Track & Field

  • MVP Running: Dylan Defoor
  • MVP Field: John Grunwald
  • Ken Lampert Award: Tommy Tan


  • MIP: Josue Perez-Rosario
  • Coaches’ Award: Sam Tignor
  • James H. Flippen, III Award: Kaleb Gibson

Spring 2024 Awards

Boys Lacrosse

  • MVP: Charlie Violette
  • MIP: Tate Zimmerman

Girls Lacrosse

  • MVP: Cooper Cutchins
  • Coaches' Award: Leah Avery

Boys Tennis

  • MVP: Joseph Hobbs
  • MIP: Will Howerton

Girls Soccer

  • MVP: Addy Hennessy
  • MIP: Sarah Morolari

Boys Crew

  • MVP: Carter Lucas
  • Coaches' Award: Ethan Eveleigh

Girls Crew

  • MVP: Lucy Baughman
  • Coaches' Award: Yasmin Danso

Boys Track & Field

  • MVP Running: Dylan Defoor
  • MVP Field: Chance Stuart
  • Coaches' Award: John Grunwald

Girls Track & Field

  • MVP Running: Jane Earp
  • MVP Field: Taylor Kulow
  • Coaches' Award: Madison Kay


  • MVP: CJ Murray
  • Coaches' Award: Plyler Hunter


  • MVP: Sophie Pollio
  • Coaches' Award: Reagan Bandy


  • Most Valuable Sailor: Jack Poynter
  • Most Improved Sailor: Hunter Wheary


  • Coaches' Awards: Ryan Evans, Srivarun Hathwar

Academy Awards

  • Best Cinematography: Jack Copeland
  • Best Supporting Actor: Peter Galiotos
  • Best Supporting Actress: Andersen Legum
  • Best Director: Olivia Fox
  • Actor of the Year: Dylan Defoor
  • Actress of the Year: Brooke Bettencourt
  • Picture of the Year: Football



Gretchen Scott '24 and Van Deans '24 were named TCIS Scholar-Athletes of the Year at the Athletics Celebration on May 13, 2024.

Gretchen Scott '24 and Van Deans '24 were named TCIS Scholar-Athletes of the Year at the Athletics Celebration on May 13, 2024.

Greg Monaco, winner of the 2024 Excellence in Coaching honor, receives the award from 2023 winner Antoinette Bailey.

Greg Monaco, winner of the 2024 Excellence in Coaching honor, receives the award from 2023 winner Antoinette Bailey.

Spring 2024 team award winners

Spring 2024 team award winners

Three-sport athletes throughout Upper School

Three-sport athletes throughout Upper School

Some fun in the Academy Awards section of the evening.

Some fun in the Academy Awards section of the evening.

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